This Day in History: The first celebration of Columbus Day

On this day in 1492, Christopher Columbus lands in the New World. Exactly 300 years later, New York City would hold the first Columbus Day celebration. More unofficial celebrations would follow, and the day finally became a federal holiday in the 1930s. Since then, the holiday has become controversial—to say the least! Some people want […]

This Day in History: Apollo 7, the first manned Apollo mission

On this day in 1968, Apollo 7 is launched. You are used to hearing about Apollo 11, which famously carried Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the moon. But do you know about the crucial missions of the other Apollos? Those flights laid the groundwork for Neil Armstrong’s historic first step on the moon. Their […]

This Day in History: Patriots attempt to recapture Savannah

On this day in 1779, French and American forces launch an attack against the British in Savannah, Georgia. They hoped to break the hold that the British had had on the city since December 1778. French naval forces led by Admiral d’Estaing were coming to the area to help with the effort. D’Estaing had 22 […]

This Day in History: One-time pacifist Alvin York earns a Medal of Honor

On this day in 1918, then-Corporal Alvin York distinguishes himself for bravery in a battle near Chatel-Chehery, France. The one-time pacifist took out a machine gun nest! He would later be awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions. York was born in December 1887, the son of Tennessee farmers. He worked the farm and […]

This Day in History: Americans win a critical victory at the Battle of Saratoga

On this day in 1777, the second Battle of Saratoga is fought. The American victory was the beginning of the end for British General John Burgoyne. Perhaps more importantly, we demonstrated to the world that we could hold our own, even against the powerful British army. We’d earn support from other nations as a result. […]